Advocating for oneself includes setting and maintaining healthy boundaries. This supports us in prioritizing our self-care, which is not selfish. Self-advocacy is actually a selfless practice that benefits others.
When an educator prioritizes their own self-care, they are doing so for the benefit of those whom they support, like their students, colleagues, and family members. To quote Stephen Covey, “We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.” Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is an essential component of making teaching a sustainable vocation.